A close encounter with the anti-Bush kind

Monday, 24 September, 2012

The unbearable smugness of Europe’s petite bourgeoisie enrages the narrator of The Dinner, by the Dutch writer Herman Koch. In this scene, he has been summoned to meet the principal of his son’s school following the submission of an essay by the child that contains views about crime not in keeping with those held so dearly by the liberal-leftist ideologues now in charge of education. Snippet:

“On the wall behind him was a gigantic poster for an aid organization. I can’t remember whether it was Oxfam Novib or UNICEF: you saw a parched, seemingly barren field; at the bottom left was a child dressed in rags, holding up his skinny little hand.

The poster put me even more on my guard. The principal was probably against global warming and injustice in general. Perhaps he didn’t eat the flesh of mammals, and was anti-American, or in any case anti-Bush — the latter stance gave people carte blanche not to think about anything any more. Anyone who was against Bush had his heart in the right place. And could behave like a boorish asshole towards anyone around him.”

Inevitably, the interview does not go well for the parties involved, especially the anti-Bush person. The so-called “educator” is left in need of repair.

George W. Bush amid the ruins of the WTC

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